Tucson, AZ
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Tucson, AZ is an Amtrak Station in the center of Arizona’s second largest city. Even though the station has extremely limited service, due to the Sunset Limited's (With through cars from the Texas Eagle attached) only tri-weekly service trains serve the restored Southern Pacific depot built in 1907. Surprisingly enough the Station is open during the day Tuesdays-Saturdays in addition to the middle of the night when the Sunset Limited stops in the very early hours of the morning westbound to Las Angeles, CA on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday Mornings, and eastbound on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings. The rest of the large station building also includes a Hertz rental car agency in what looks like the grand waiting room (the Amtrak ticket counter is in an annex off to the side). The station has become the focal point of a large plaza that includes a building for the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, as well as a restored Southern Pacific Locomotive #1673. Older photos show that as recently as 2000 the station platform was completely open. Nowadays there's a fence that separates the station building from the Amtrak platform. It looks like an underpass is used to get passengers on an off the train. The underpass really leads to nowhere except for passing underneath the new fencing that separates the tracks from the station.
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(tucson1) The green doors that lead into the Amtrak ticket office portion of the Tucson Amtrak station.
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(tucson2) A view of the 'historic depot' from the street. Their is a car drop-off loop.
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(tucson3) The interior of the Amtrak portion of the station with the ticket and luggage widow and a sign that shows which days of the week the Sunset Limited serves the station. The sign could be considered a bit confusing because the train stops in the dead of night. Westbound service even stops only shortly after midnight.
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(tucson4) Southern Pacific Locomotive #1673 parallel to the tracks at Tucson’s Southern Pacific Depot.
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(tucson5) A fairly new plaza (with a baggage cart in it to continue with the railroad theame) which was once simply the station platform at Tucson, AZ.
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(tucson6) Looking through the fence out to the Amtrak Station platform at the little underpass passengers use to board the trains.
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(tucson7) The center of the station building trackside with the 'Tucson' lettering.
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(tucson8) The plaza trackside at Tucson’s Southern Pacific Depot, the area used to be a railroad platform.
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(tucson9) Another view of the Southern Pacific Locomotive at Tucson’s Southern Pacific Depot.
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